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Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone by Grant Avery

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The Constancy of Failure

“Why aren’t these numbers moving? What will cause noticeable change?”

(Referring to four years of flat project success-rate data)From PMI’s Pulse of the Profession®: “Capturing the Valueof Project Management,” February 2015

TRAGEDY ON MOUNT ELIZABETH

At 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the emergency locator beacon on a Twin Otter aircraft carrying three Canadians from the South Pole in Antarctica to Terra Nova Bay, 2,200 kilometers (1,400 miles) away on the Antarctic coastline, began transmitting. Both the airline operating the plane and the aircraft’s commanding pilot possessed significant experience with Antarctic air operations.

Initially there were hopes that the plane and its crew might be found alive. ...

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